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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Navy RB Will McKarney dies after collapsing at practice

03.26.14 at 8:04 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pacers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Louisiana Tech at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Flyers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Reds at White Sox, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Orioles at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Liverpool, 3:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Navy running back Will McKarney, who was in a coma after collapsing at practice three days ago, died Tuesday at a Baltimore hospital. The freshman from Knoxville, Tenn., was 19.

“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” Naval Academy superintendent VADM Mike Miller said in a statement. “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will’s family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”

McKarney collapsed at Saturday’s practice, but coaches did not see a hit that led to his distress.

“The Navy coaches have poured through the films of practice and seen nothing more than Will carrying the football normally, doing what he truly loves,” the family said earlier in the week.

McKarney played for his father, Randy, in high school, rushing for more than 2,000 yards as a senior at Knoxville’s Grace Christian Academy. He was hospitalized late in the season after suffering a head injury during a game but was cleared to return to football. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder did not appear in a game for Navy last fall.

— Former NBA player Quinton Ross woke up Monday morning to a surprise: People were calling to find out if he was dead.

Ross, 32, who last played in the NBA for the Nets in 2010-11, was identified in a New York Post story as the Quinton Ross whose body was found stuffed in a garbage bag and buried on the beach in Far Rockaway. The story was later corrected to reflect that it was a different Quinton Ross, but not before word spread.

“My phone was going crazy,” Ross told an Associated Press reporter Monday night while attending an NIT game at his alma mater, SMU. “I checked Facebook. Finally, I went on the Internet, and they were saying I was dead. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Ross, who played in France this past season, made some calls and put up a post on Facebook to let people know he was alive.

Said Ross: “A couple [of relatives] already heard it. They were crying. I mean, it was a tough day, man, mostly for my family and friends.”

— The Urawa Reds, a soccer team in Japan’s professional J-League, were forced to play a game in an empty stadium Sunday after some fans took their nationalism too far. The supporters hung a “Japanese only” banner in an entranceway during a game March 8 to discourage foreigners from sitting in their rooting section, and security guards said they later heard discriminatory remarks toward foreigners.

Team officials, who did not remove the banner until after the game, apologized and said they banned about 20 members of the support group. This is not the first display of such behavior. In 2010, the team was fined about $50,000 because fans taunted foreign players from an opposing team. The Reds are one of the few teams in the J-League without a foreign player.

Although the team president offered to return three months salary as punishment, league officials ruled that fans would not be allowed into the Reds’ next home game. During the game, signs were displayed promoting the United Nations’ Sports for Peace program. In a ceremony before the game (a 1-1 draw vs. S-Pulse), team captain Yuki Abe promised that the players would “stamp out racism, be it discrimination against race, skin color, gender, language or religion or background, and will not tolerate any discriminatory or insulting language or behavior.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 26, 1974, the Red Sox released which two future Hall of Famers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Not where I want to be right now. I’m recognizing pitches but I’m not putting the swings I want to put on them. It’s a work in progress.” Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., after going 0-for-4 in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Rays to drop his spring training averages to .173/.232/.288

STAT OF THE DAY: 51 – Points scored in the third quarter by the Lakers — a franchise record — in their 127-96 rout of the Knicks on Tuesday night in Los Angeles

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Capitals forward Jack Hillen is knocked out after colliding with teammate Alexander Ovechkin during Tuesday’s game against the Kings.

From Monday night’s game, Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier‘s shot bangs off three posts and stays out of the net.

Lakers guard Nick Young starts to celebrate a 3-pointer vs. the Knicks, but the ball bounces out.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Luis Aparicio (who retired) and designated hitter Orlando Cepeda (who signed with the Royals for a final season in the majors)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Steven Tyler was born on this day in 1948.

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